Hello All. This is my first post, although I have been reading stuff on this site for a few months now. I had started doing the program about 6-8 months ago, but then I injured my shoulder and was forced to take some time off. (Oh, how I so hate injuries. It's not the pain that bothers me the most, it is the losing of the progress you had before. But, I will stop whining now.)
I have been a martial arts instructor for years, although I have taken the last couple of years off. I only mention that to explain that I have been involved in fitness, in one way or another.
I find that with most routines, I always tend to look for ways to change them and improve them for myself. Not major changes, just minor ones usually. I love SimpleFit. Truth is, I do not think a lot can be done to improve it. Yet, for myself, I did change it slightly. Here is what I did, and why. Please feel give me your opinions.
The only thing I thought I was missing after a SimpleFit workout was calf work. I was trying to figure out how I could add to the workout so my calves got more work, without taking away from everything else. Originally, all I was doing was going to my tip toes at the end of each squat. This worked, but it still did not give me quite what I was looking for.
What I came up with, for lack of a better term at the moment, I call 'explosions'. For each squat rep, I go down like normal, and then when I come up I get off the ground. Ok, I know, it is called jumping. But that just did not sound cool enough. You do not have to try to jump as high as you can, just get a bit off the ground. Try it out, I think you will find your legs getting and even deeper burn then before. I love it. But then again, I have always been a little wierd.
As another part of the challenge, I have started doing the same thing on the push-ups. I do not do a full clapping push-up. What I do is push just hard enough on the way up to get maybe an inch off the ground. I have found it gives the arms and shoulders just a bit more of a workout. (If that is what you are looking for).
So, please, let me know what you think. I apologize for the long-winded post. I am also a writer, and tend to like to ramble...